I developed an eating disorder around age 14.
I struggled with it all through high school, as did my best friend. We went through some serious extremes. Some weeks I would try to see how many days I could go without eating or I would drink alcohol that day and not feel the need eat anything. My friend had her own issues with weight and was constantly comparing herself to me.
I managed to overcome my disorder for the most part all on my own.
I joined a gym and slowly realized I HAD to eat to feel good during and after a workout. Then I discovered veganism and started to enjoy cooking. I am now healthy and fit and mostly cured.
My friend, on the other hand has become extremely anorexic, has been hospitalized and is currently agoraphobic and unwilling to see me.